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If you are buying a home with an unfinished basement or own a home and want to add value, creating a downstairs paradise can be a worthy investment. Most basements have open floor space and a lack of permanent fixtures that could dictate a floor plan. 

 

Because of these benefits, your only limit is your imagination. Here are some ideas to get your creativity kick started.

 

Extra Bedrooms

Basement bedrooms are excellent for guests or teens who desire a little bit more privacy. Having them custom-built also means that you have the opportunity to include space maximizing features like built-in storage or loft beds.

 

Game Room

A game room means more than just a pool table or table tennis. Most game rooms are set up to be spacious and have plenty of comfortable seating. These arrangements make them perfect for inviting over a handful of guests and giving them a relaxing setting in which to socialize.

 

Media Room

Because electronics have become so much more than just a TV and a VCR, home owners are starting to move them out of their living rooms to keep equipment from taking over the main spaces of the house.

 

With a media room, you can relegate all of the bulky but engaging electronics to a spot in the basement. These rooms can be optimized for the perfect speaker set up. You can add shelving for all of the movies and games you own.

 

Play Room

If you have children between the ages of three and twelve, you are well aware of how much of a mess they can make while playing. Moving their play space to an open room in the basement with ample storage allows them to be spontaneous and creative. 

 

Their friends will have incentive to come over and engage in lots of valuable socializing and play time. You also avoid running the risk of them scuffing up furniture or leaving clutter all around the house before guests show up.

 

Home Office

Whether you work from home or frequently bring your work home with you, a home office can be indispensable. They allow you a private space to stay organized and focused, increasing overall productivity.

 

A basement office does not have to be large. Enough room for a computer, a desk, a small table and some filing equipment should suffice.

 

We will have even more ideas that can add value and functionality to your home in part II. If you have questions about what renovations work best or how to increase your home’s appeal to buyers, you can seek out a qualified Red Deer real estate agent. Start by taking a look at our selling page.

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